Jessica K. Beaver

Area of Study: 
Education Policy, Graduate School of Education
Year of Graduation: 
2013
Research Interests: 
Education technology, education finance, and the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on student academic achievement.
Advisor: 
Richard Ingersoll
Dissertation Topic: 
A Comparative Case Study of School and District Decision-Making Approaches

Jessica K. Beaver is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Education Policy program at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Her research interests include decision-making in educational organizations, education technology utilization, and the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on student academic achievement.  Her dissertation is about how schools and districts search for solutions to improve student academic achievement, which may include decision-making processes related to instruction, curriculum, remediation, and school organization.  Previously, Ms. Beaver worked for a Member of Congress on education policy and education appropriations issues, and before that for a government relations firm specializing in education advocacy. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University.